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Roots Remake in the Works at History

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And yet another reboot has been added to the TV universe.

This time, the History channel is looking to create a new version of the 1977 hit miniseries Roots, E! News confirms. The original 12-hour drama was based on the book Roots: The Saga Of An American Family and the new project will draw both on the book and the original mini series from a contemporary perspective.

"We would like to revive that cultural icon for a new audience," History's Entertainment Vice President Dirk Hoogstra tells Deadline, who first reported the news.

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Roots, which originally aired on ABC, became a cultural phenomenon when it premiered in January 1977 and aired over eight consecutive nights. The series starred LeVar Burton as Kunta Kinte, an African man captured in the 1700s and sold into slavery.

A History rep tells us that the project is still in the very early development stages but the cable network has acquired the rights to both the original drama as well as the book, written by author Alex Haley. Keeping it all in the family, Mark Wolper, son of the late Roots executive producer David L. Wolper, is on board with the project as executive producer.

Roots broke records nationwide earning a staggering 100 million views on its final night. The miniseries earned a record 36 Emmy nominations, winning nine, including best limited series.

What do you think of the idea of a Roots remake?

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